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Originally published Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Inauguration raises bar: 5 a.m. last call

Under emergency legislation approved by the Washington, D.C., City Council, any Washington establishment with a liquor license, including restaurants and nightclubs, will be allowed to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. — three hours later than usual — and serve food around the clock from Jan. 17 until the morning after Obama's swearing-in Jan. 20.

WASHINGTON — Under emergency legislation approved by the Washington, D.C., City Council, any Washington establishment with a liquor license, including restaurants and nightclubs, will be allowed to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. — three hours later than usual — and serve food around the clock from Jan. 17 until the morning after Obama's swearing-in Jan. 20.

The bill, an idea of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, was introduced by council member Jim Graham, who represents two nightlife-heavy neighborhoods.

The council approved the bill Tuesday, 9-4, with Graham voting against it after the measure, which originally excluded nightclubs, was revised to include them.

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